CSDS Workshop Event

We are thrilled to have renowned dance champion, coach, choreographer, and head judge Dawn Blorstad Garrish as our guest instructor on Saturday, June 15th.  The event will be held at Ivy Creek United Methodist Church with 2 afternoon workshops.  Dawn will then lead a fun pre-dance lesson.  Mark your calendars and be sure to attend this great event!

more about Dawn
Dawn Blorstad Garrish is a prominent teacher of both country and west coast swing dance in the Maryland/DC area. She has been teaching and competing in the dance community for over 35 years. Her accomplishments include 2 two UCWDC World Titles, 6 US Open Swing Titles, over 50 Top Teacher Awards and induction into the UCWDC Hall of Fame. Dawn is a legend of the dance world and continues to influence dancers of all levels seeking to refine their skills.

Most people have seen Dawn on the dance floor as a judge or chief judge at WCS events across the country. But Dawn still loves to teach. She has a knack for making it fun and easy to pick up the more difficult moves. What may look hard she makes it look easy!! We are fortunate to have her living close enough to come to Charlottesville!


Private Lessons

To schedule a private lesson with Dawn contact Kristin Wenger at cvilleswingdance@gmail.com.

Schedule

2:30-2:45 pm: check in, warm up

2:45-3:45 pm: Workshop #1: Dress it Up

Basics don’t have to be boring! Put the fun into “fun”damental with some cool tricks and tools that dancers of every skill level can use. Dawn promises everything will be 100% leadable and followable!

3:45-4:00 pm: break, check in/warm up

4:00-5:00 pm: Workshop #2: Get in the Groove

Do you struggle with blues…or hip hop…or really slow ballads? We will examine how different types of west coast swing music can influence how we move, and learn to use the music to bring style, personality, and playfulness into our dancing.

5:00-7:00 pm: Dinner break.  You are on your own for dinner.  There are many restaurants less than 15 minutes from the church.  Stonefield:; Mezeh, BJ Brewhouse, Qdoba, Noodles & Company, Mission BBQ, plus many others; Hollymead Town Center: Bonefish, Five Guys, Vinny’s, Timberwood Grill, McDonald’s, plus many others.  Plus each has grocery stores such as Harris Teeter and Trader Joes.

Please note during this time the church will be closed.

7:00-8:00 pm:  Lesson – Hot new pattern to spice up your dancing! We recommend attendees have some previous West Coast Swing experience with the basic figures and timing..

8:00-11:00 pm:  Dance

Registration Information

Pre-registration opens Monday, May 20 and closes Thursday, June 13 at noon.

For the best price we encourage all dancers who wish to attend this amazing day of dance to pre-register.  The pre-registration package and workshop prices will NOT be available at the door. 

Not a member but would like to become one?  Go to Membership, complete the online membership form, add your membership to the cart, then come back here to add the workshops or packages to the cart.  Then complete your purchase from the cart using Paypal.  NOTE:  Paypal account not required; all major credit cards accepted.

Skill Requirement

Participation in these workshops requires a solid working knowledge and the skills to dance all basic patterns (starter step, side passes, pushes, whip) with good timing, on your own and with a partner.

Workshop Information

Workshop Package

Package includes workshops 1 and 2 plus the dance.

Pre-registration prices for workshop package:

  • Member: $40
  • Non-member: $53
Event Workshop Package
This package includes intermediate workshops 1 and 2 plus the dance.
Participant Name:

Individual Workshops

Individual workshops do NOT include the dance.

Pre-registration prices per workshop:

  • Member: $15
  • Non-Member: $20
Workshop 1 - Dress it Up
2:45 - 3:45 | Basics don’t have to be boring! Put the fun into “fun”damental with some cool tricks and tools that dancers of every skill level can use. Dawn promises everything will be 100% leadable and followable!
Price :
Participant Name:
Workshop 2 - Get in the Groove
4:00-5:00 pm | Do you struggle with blues…or hip hop…or really slow ballads? We will examine how different types of west coast swing music can influence how we move, and learn to use the music to bring style, personality, and playfulness into our dancing.
Price :
Participant Name:

Prices at the door

Workshop 1 or Workshop 2: $25 each

Dance Only Prices (includes the pre-dance workshop)

  • $15 CSDS Members
  • $18 Non Members
  • $5 CSDS Members with June birthdays